VIDEO: Circus camel makes a run for it in California

GLENDALE, Calif. -- A circus camel briefly escapes to the surprise of onlookers in Glendale, California. 

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Ramos Brothers Circus came to Glendale. 

Video shows a camel running down Glendale Boulevard!

"The last thing you want to see is a camel let loose on the street, so it was a little bizarre," one witness said.

Four-year-old "Atula" was born in southern California, and is part of the Ramos Brothers Circus from Guadalajara, Mexico. According to her handlers, she was about to be taken inside the ring for some exercise, but wasn't too excited about a new trainer putting on her harness, so she simply took a walk and then a gallop, until trainers caught up with her across the street at the Mobil station.

"I see like 10 people run after this camel, all cars stop. It's complete chaos on Glendale Avenue. I don't think that street has seen so much action," one witness said.

No one was hurt, but traffic was halted until Atula was safely back in her enclosure. 

In her four years, Atula's trainers say she has never run away. However, her handlers say she's the type that lets you know when she's not up to doing something.